USPSTF Reaffirms Recommendation to Screen Women for Intimate Partner Violence

May 14, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a draft statement affirming its 2013 recommendation that clinicians screen women of reproductive age for intimate partner violence. The recommendation is rated as grade B, meaning that the task force is highly certain the net benefit is moderate or moderately certain that the net benefit is moderate to substantial. The task force recommends using the following screening instruments: Humiliation, Afraid, Rape, Kick (HARK); Hurt/Insult/Threaten/Scream (HITS); Extended Hurt/Insult/Threaten/Scream (E-HITS); Partner Violence Screen (PVS); and Woman Abuse Screening Tool (WAST). Women who screen positive for intimate partner violence should be provided or referred to support services.

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